For Alumna with Health Law Aspirations, Loyola the Perfect Fit
Aliza Grossman’s legal career came down to one pivotal phone call.
Grossman ’16 cultivated an interest in health care law as an undergraduate student. So when it was time to research law schools, it was at the top of her checklist. Then came a call from Professor Brietta Clark, associate dean for faculty and the director of Loyola’s Health Care Law Course of Study.
“When I called Loyola, the Admissions Office put me in touch Professor Clark, who I ended up speaking with over the phone for half an hour about Loyola's health law programs,” she said. “She instilled in me the confidence that the material I learned at Loyola would mean something. I knew I would have the resources available to me to make the best of my education and the connections I would need to succeed in my career.”
Those resources included classes like Health Care Access, Health Care Organizations & Compliance, Medical Malpractice and the Public Regulation of Health Care Quality and more. Beyond the classroom, Loyola’s Health Law and Bioethics Association and the Health Law Alumni Chapter host events to facilitate continuing education and networking.
Grossman spent her summers immersing herself in the field of reproductive justice. Her first summer was at the Los Angeles HIV Law & Policy Project, working directly with clients and helping with their legal issues. Later, Grossman worked at the Centre on Reproductive Rights and Justice, where she played a role in a national research project focused on access to family-planning resources.
“I honed project management skills and most importantly became well-connected and made lasting professional friends. I ended up at my fall internship at California Women's Law Center as a result of the connection I made with a lawyer who worked there over summer,” she said. “I then ended up at my spring internship at the ACLU of Southern California because of a team project I worked with them on during the fall.”
Thanks to all of her practical experience. Grossman is determined to pursue a path in health care law. “It has been the faculty and my fellow students that have helped me identify opportunities and become familiar with the field so that I can pave my own way within it,” she said.